ELVIS WEEK: More than one billion!

Today at Graceland:

GRACELAND DRIVE-IN
August 13, 14, and 16. 9:00 PM
Graceland hosts three nights of the king on the big screen with our first-ever Graceland Drive-in. Watch Elvis on a four-story outdoor screen from inside your car listening over the car radio, or bring some chairs and a portable radio to enjoy the movie under the stars.

Graceland Drive-in Screenings include:

  • Viva Las Vegas on Thursday, August 13 at 9:00 pm Buy Tickets
  • ’68 Comeback Special on Friday, August 14 at 9:00 pm Buy Tickets
  • Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii on Sunday, August 16 at 9:00 pm Buy Tickets

The Graceland Drive-in is included for Elvis Week Day Pass purchasers for that day. Carloads are $20. Advanced purchase strongly encouraged. More about the Graceland Drive-in

Elvis’ special, “Aloha from Hawaii,” aired on January 14, 1973, and it was the first entertainment special by a solo artist to be broadcast live around the world.

There was no set ticket price for the concert; instead, donations were given. The more the donation, the better the seat. Elvis actually purchased a ticket for himself and his entourage at $100 each (which, with inflation, would be over $575 in today’s money).

He asked that donations and merchandise sales go to the Kui Lee Cancer Fund, which had been established following the songwriter’s death in 1966. Lee wrote hits like “Ain’t No Big Thing,” “The Days of My Youth” and “I’ll Remember You,” which Elvis covered in many of his concerts, including in the “Aloha” special. The goal was to raise $25,000. A total of $75,000 was raised for the fund.

The ‘Aloha’ concerts were filmed at the Honolulu International Center (now known as the Neal S. Blaisdell Center). Elvis’ “Aloha from Hawaii” aired in more than 40 countries across Asia and Europe. It is estimated that between 1 and 1.5 billion viewers watched the king’s special.

The special didn’t air in the United States on January 14.

Why Not? Something else of major proportions was going on the same day.

“Aloha from Hawaii” aired in the US on April 4.

And ICYMI, last night’s Candlelight Vigil.

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